This chapter evaluates Jon Elster’s Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality thirty-five years after publication. In the first section of the chapter. Sour grapes may refer to: Contents. 1 Rhetorics; 2 Music; 3 Books; 4 Other; 5 See also Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality (Cambridge, ), a book by Jon Elster describing the phenomenon of adaptive preference formation . I now move on to the second of Jon Elster’s books that I proposed to discuss Jon Elster, Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality.

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Sour Grapes

Studies in Rationality and Irrationality. Rgapes Cement of Society Jon Elster. Philippe Mongin – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 21 1: Often our preferences are path-dependent in that they are dependent on my previous history of choices and desires. Sour Grapes is really a virtuoso performance, so far-reaching are the topics with which it deals with and the sources upon which it draws.

The Spectacled Avenger: Jon Elster, “Sour Grapes”

What I Have Learned…. If you have purchased elsteer print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code. How to Read, Criticize and Do Theory. Legal Conversation as Signifier. Phenomenology and the Political.

There is no reason to suppose that beliefs shaped by a social position tend to serve the interests of the ruling or dominant group p. I would counter that this is correct to a certain extent, but that addictive products display a notable lack of demand elasticity — although demand falls when prices rise, the reaction of demand to price is much less sensitive than it is with, say, pickles or ice cream.


The Reason of Rules: A Critical Dictionary of Sociology. Intro Sociol Education V 9. Two individuals may be exactly alike in their beliefs and wants, and yet we might assess them differently from the point of view of rationality, judgment and autonomy. History of Western Philosophy.

Whereas economics pretends to be a descriptive rather than a prescriptive or normative science, Elster examines the nature of desires to demonstrate that it might not be so easy for economics to avoid normative prescriptions.

The preferences of the slaves, being adaptive in the eltser way, have been perverted. Ulysses Unbound Jon Elster Inbunden. Selected pages Title Page. The Strategy of Conflict.

Philosophy and Real Politics. His monograph, Adam Smith: Presented in a fresh series livery and with a specially commissioned preface written by Richard Holton, illuminating its continuing importance to philosophical enquiry, Sour Grapes has been revived for a new generation of readers. You’ve successfully reported this review.

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One each of x, y and z is up for auction. Ethical and Moral Issues. See if you have enough points for this item. Sour Grapes aims to subvert orthodox theories of rational choice through the study of forms of irrationality. This is hard to convey in a lester. Cambridge University Press,Pages. The Theory of Social Change. Economically, there is much about the behaviour of addicts that displays characteristics of rational economic choice. Tore Sandven – – Philosophy of the Social Sciences 29 2: Philosophy of Childhood Today.


You submitted the following rating and review. In other words, they depend heavily on the temporal order in which choices are presented. Lester, his analysis implies that rationality is so easily subverted, that we ought not to put too much stock in the grapew of preferences at all, at least not unless we are willing to roll up our sleeves and examine the nature gdapes the preferences we propose to satisfy.

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Sign in to annotate. That was published to wide acclaim, and Dr Elster shows the same versatility here in drawing on philosophy, political and social theory, decision-theory, economics and psychology, as well as history and literature.

That was published to wide acclaim, and Dr Elster shows the same versatility here in drawing on philosophy, political and social theory, decision-theory, economics and psychology, as well as history and literature. Please subscribe or login to access full text content. Harvard University Press,